The Rittenhouse Guide to Rittenhouse Square

Discover all the things to do in Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most popular town squares. The picturesque streets surrounding the park are home to The Rittenhouse Hotel, our luxurious Rittenhouse Spa & Club, amazing restaurants, world-class shopping, and more.

Art & Culture

You don’t need to visit a museum to take in art and culture in Philadelphia. Several outdoor sculptures in Rittenhouse Square are some of the cities best-loved works of public art. One of the most famous sculptures, dating back to 1832, was created by Antoine-Louis Barye. The dramatic “Lion Crushing a Serpent” is located in the center of the square. In the reflecting pool since 1911, Paul Manship’s “Duck Girl” should also not be missed. For a peek inside one of the neighborhood’s charming 19th-century townhomes, visit The Rosenbach (2008 Delancey Pl.) to see a collection of more than 30,000 rare books.

Dining & Drinking

Chef Stephen Starr’s star power shines at Barclay Prime (237 S 18 St.), a high-end steakhouse on the eastern side of Rittenhouse Square. Experience Belle Epoque Paris at Parc (227 S 18 St.), an elegant French bistro. At The Rittenhouse (210 W Rittenhouse Square), dining options abound. Enjoy fine dining at the AAA Four-Diamond Lacroix, casually elegant Italian fare at Scarpetta, and the afternoon tea at the Mary Cassatt Room. Don’t miss speciality cocktails and vintage wines at Bar 210, Lacroix, or in the Library Bar. Also, stay tuned for food and drink specials at these locations during The Rittenhouse 30th Anniversary, kicking off in June.

Style & Shopping

Rittenhouse Square is bordered to the north by Walnut Street, one of Philadelphia’s main shopping streets. Popular stores include Apple, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, Club Monaco, Tiffany & Co., Urban Outfitters, and more.

Spa & Relaxation

It’s no wonder Fodor’s named The Rittenhouse Spa & Club one of the best in America. Located at The Rittenhouse Hotel, right on Rittenhouse Square, our spa and health club will help you relax into deep renewal in the heart of the city, with spa treatments, salon services, a fitness center, and a pool. Don’t forget to look out for new spa packages coming in June, during The Rittenhouse 30th Anniversary celebration.

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